Reporting Laura Oakes
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Twin Cities business owner is turning her attention from cupcakes to saving Minnesota’s moose.
Robin Johnson, owner of Sweet Retreat in Edina, is launching a fundraising drive to help researchers study Minnesota’s declining moose population.
Johnson says some of the money raised will help purchase things like tracking collars and tiny transmitters that emit a signal when a moose dies, allowing biologists to respond immediately in hopes of determining the cause.
The Department of Natural Resources says moose numbers have dropped from around 8,000 in 2005, to fewer than 5,000 today. Johnson is taking donations at her France Avenue shop beginning Feb. 9.
She’ll also donate one dollar from every cupcake purchased that day. Donations are also being accepted anytime online at their website.